The PP asks for 36 years in prison for six people from Arran, for “attempting to occupy their headquarters”

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Photo: Youths from the Arran organisation hang a banner across the window of the PP HQ in Barcelona, in March 2017 (Photo: ACN)

The PP has called for 36 years in prison for each of the six Arran members who participated in an “attempt to occupy the headquarters of the PP” in Barcelona in March. The memers of the leftist pro-independence youth organization are accused of crimes of public harm and disorder. In a tweet, Arran stated that the PP is asking for 36 years of imprisonment “for defending the right to a referendum on October 1st.”

On March 27 a group of members of the Arran independentist group tried to enter the headquarters of the PP in Barcelona with a banner which said “Self-determination is non-negotiable: referendum, yes or yes.” The event was attended by CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) deputy Anna Gabriel and former Deputy David Fernández, who attended the event but did not participate directly in the action in question.

The young men entered the lobby of the PP office but security staff did not let them pass. At the same time, the PP phoned the Mossos d’Esquadra, who then removed the men from the premises, and onto the street. Those assembled hung and stuck posters and stickers on the façade of the premises, with the slogan ‘Organisation is the key to victory’.

From Arran’s point of view, the actions were nothing more than a “symbolic action” while the current president of the party, Xavier García Albiol, described the young people as “fascists” and initiated the formal complaint about the events.

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